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Senior UK Make Manufacturing Manager

Job Posted: 13 October 2022
Job Updated: 1 December 2022

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Job Title: Senior UK Make Manufacturing Manager

Function: Commercial

Location: Nottingham or London (Hybrid working)

Type: Permanent (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £48,000 – £64,000

Closing Date: Tuesday 6th December 2022


NHS Supply Chain have created a new and unique opportunity for Senior UK Make Manufacturing Manager to join the existing Commercial Team. This role has been created to explore increased and improved resilience to UK manufacturers of key NHS Supply Chain product categories, examples of which include surgical products, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Diagnostics.


You will be responsible for leading the strategy to build resilience through a focus on development and introduction of UK manufacturers for key product categories, with an initial focus on PPE. 


We seek an individual with a balance of procurement and manufacturing experience; this is not a manufacturing or plant management role as you will be tasked with creating category and sourcing strategies and will therefore need to demonstrate a high level of sourcing and strategy development expertise.


This is an exciting new role which supports the strategic category imperatives aligned to the organisation’s business objectives, ensuring that the overall UK manufacturing strategy is embedded in the category management framework, aimed at maximising resilience and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of categories, products and services procured by the organisation. 


What does a Senior UK Manufacturing Manager do at NHS Supply Chain?

  • Manages senior level relationships with the UK manufacturing base, bringing manufacturing experience and procurement expertise together to contribute to more resilient category and sourcing strategies, supporting delivery and implementation with the category management function.  
  • Ensures that UK manufacturers are well placed to supply products which meet safety and regulatory standards commensurate with their intended use through the technical, regulatory and clinical assurance teams, whilst continuing to meet the needs of healthcare customers. 
  • Reports and accountable to the Head of Commercial Capability, and is responsible for designing, developing and implementing a supplier development programme in a complex and regulated environment.


What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience and/or Professional membership of CIPS or equivalent relevant experience
  • Manufacturing experience
  • Procurement experience
  • Previous experience of creating category and sourcing strategies
  • Significant business management experience
  • Experience of the application and delivery of strategic cost management principles
  • Experience of the application and delivery strategic supplier development processes
  • Experience of leadership in developing programmes and successfully applying the principles learnt
  • Previous experience and knowledge of procurement within the health care industry would be an advantage as all procurement activity must be compliant with Public Contracts Regulations. 
  • Whilst by no means essential, experience of working in collaboration with a wide range of public sector organisations including government and regulatory experience is desired


How you’ll work:


From Spring 2022 we moved to hybrid working; a blend of home and office working 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home depending on business requirements.


In return for your passion, enthusiasm, and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:

  • Performance led annual bonus scheme
  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional 5 days
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 12% of your salary)
  • Flexible benefits scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you
  • 3 days paid Volunteering Leave
  • Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts
  • Flexible working options
  • National Annual season ticket purchase scheme
  • Eye Care vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme 


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


NHS Supply Chain (SCCL) is an organisation that procures and supplies ~£3.5bn of medical devices and consumables to the NHS every year, while driving strategy, standards, efficiency, and best practise across the entire NHS Supply Chain.


We have big plans for the future. Guided by our Vision and Strategy, we are determined to be a proactive and collaborative partner that delivers financial and health benefits across the whole healthcare system. 


NHS Supply Chain requires clear, purposeful, and impactful transformation.  To deliver our strategy we are rebalancing our business model, implementing a new operating model, and refreshing our core technology.


Our, Purpose, Vision and Strategy are clear. we provide direction, leadership, and commercial focus to improve health outcomes.


Vision: To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first


Purpose: Our role is to support the NHS to save lives and improve health



  • Be Authentic
  • Be Inclusive
  • Be Driven
  • Be Enterprising
  • Be The Difference


Other Information


  • SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.
  • For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit:
  • For an informal discussion about the role in confidence please email us at to arrange a call with the Hiring Manager.
  • A full role profile and person specification is available on request by emailing the above email address.


NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer

SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.

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